Land dispute Harcourt Street

Sheila Oliver made this Freedom of Information request to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Waiting for an internal review by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council of their handling of this request.

Dear Stockport Borough Council,

I believe there is a land dispute at the Harcourt Street site in North Reddish and the water utility company has had to dismantle its newly erected facility there and will have to move it. However, the only land it can be moved to the Council doesn't own.

Please give me details of the land dispute.

Yours faithfully,


FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mrs Oliver,

I am writing in response to your request for information below (ref 3939).

As you have previously been informed, your requests for information about
Harcourt Street are considered to be vexatious under section 14(1) Freedom
of Information Act 2000 and manifestly unreasonable under Regulation
12(4)(b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and will not receive a
response. This decision has been through the Council's internal review
process and was upheld. It has also been investigated by the Information
Commissioner's Office at your request; the ICO upheld the Council's
decision in its Decision Notice.

Yours sincerely,

Corporate Information Services

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear FOI Officer,

That is an untrue statement.

This is the text from the Information Commission.

Information Commissioner's Office
Promoting public access to official information and protecting your personal information
15th February 2010
Case Reference Number RCC0296506 / FS50232537 Stockport Borough Council
Dear Mrs Oliver
Thank you for your letter of 7 February 2010. In your letter you state that since the issuing of the Decision Notice in relation to case FS50232537 on 10 November 2009 further evidence has come to light which you feel no proves you are not vexatious. You also state that since the Decision Notice was issued all your subsequent requests for information made to the Council have been refused on the basis that the requests are vexatious.
The Decision Notice found that at the time of your request, which was 1 December 2008, your request was manifestly unreasonable and therefore Stockport Borough Council were correct to refuse to disclose to you the information you requested by virtue of 12(4)(b) of the Environmental Information Regulations. All Decision Notice must consider the circumstances at the time the request was made and cannot take into account circumstances that post date the request. If you are unhappy with the findings of the Decision Notice you should appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal (Information Rights). Any appeal should be lodged with the Tribunal within 28 days of the date of the Decision Notice. The contact details for the Tribunal are found at the bottom of the Decision Notice.
In relation to your second point, that the Council are now refusing all your requests for information on the basis that they are vexatious, the Decision Notice relates specifically to the request you made on the 1 December 2008 and does not make any finding regarding future requests. If you have made further requests and these have been refused you should ask the Council to review the requests and if following this review you remain unhappy with their response you can bring a new complaint to the Commissioner.
Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF t:0845 630 6060 f:01625 524510 e:[email address]

Can I remind you it is an offence to lie under the Freedom of Information Act

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Oliver

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The Leader of Stockport Council sent me the following letter yesterday:-

Councillor Dave Goddard Leader of the Council
Switchboard: 0161 4804949
Direct Line: 0161 474 3302
Fax: 01614743308

17th March 2011
Mrs Sheila Oliver
Dear Mrs Oliver
Thank you for your question at tonight's Council meeting.
Neither I not any other politician take any part in making editorial judgements on the content or photographs in The Stockport Review. But I can assure you that it is absolutely correct that the actions of this Council and its Executive members are reported to residents in the interests of openness and transparency.
The content of The Review helps residents be more informed and more satisfied with life in the borough. It's about helping residents to live a better life. The elected executive members who make major decisions about Council services should be accountable in the public eye for those decisions, so that our processes are as transparent as possible.
The articles you mention include 12 new play areas to benefit local families; the new Stockport Direct Centre, to give information and advice to residents; a consultation about the redevelopment of the town centre Knightsbridge site; new ways to contact the Council via an "app" on their phones; a new sports centre in Reddish to encourage activity and fitness; work with the Police to help Stockport become safer and stronger; the flourishing trade at our market; the bid for city status which makes us all so proud; the outstanding programme we have to bring teachers over from China to help our youngsters; reducing our carbon emissions, and helping to protect our residents from rogue traders.
All these are outstanding initiatives which this Council is proud to promote - we want to help residents benefit from them.
The photograph of Councillor Candler on the front page is designed to pull readers to the article on page 7 which is possibly the most important story in the whole paper, telling residents how in this modern age of communication they can get in touch with the Council via an "app" on their mobile phone.

These projects are delivered through decisions made by our democratic processes - a process that you are part of here tonight - and it's not just us who are keen on transparency - the Government too is keen that citizens can access and experience their local democracy through a range of communications, and that's not just through the Review but also through modern methods of communication such as the bloggers and tweeters here tonight.
To quote from Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Bob Neill who wrote to us on February 23: "The public should rightly expect that elected representatives who put themselves up for public office be prepared for their decisions to be as transparent as possible. I do hope that you and your colleagues will do your utmost to maximise the
transparency and openness of your Council transparency and openness should be
the underlying principle behind everything Councils do." We here are happy to support that.
Yours sincerely

Cllr Dave Goddard Leader of the Council

In light of his apparent commitment to transparency and the comments of the Secretary of State, Bob Neil, stating: "Ths public should rightly expect that elected representatives who put themselves up for public office should be prepared for their decisions to be as transparent as possible..." please supply the information I have been requesting for several years about the toxic waste dump school.